The main aim of the CTO Foundation is to provide opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training. The Foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism.
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The Foundation aims to support persons interested in pursuing studies in the area of tourism, hospitality and language training, who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and leadership, and who express a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit corporation, registered in New York State, in the United States of America, and formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, originally chaired by Dr. Karl Rodney of Carib News in New York, the Foundation’s first set of scholarships and study grants were awarded in 1998.
The first recipient of a scholarship was Ms. Acolla Lewis from Trinidad & Tobago, who successfully completed a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom and who was invited by Buckinghamshire College in the U.K. to pursue a doctorate in Tourism Education immediately after completing her Masters programme.
“I successfully completed my MSc. in Hospitality and Tourism Education at the University of Surrey, England. The opportunity to pursue further studies in tourism increased my knowledge of the subject area, as well as broadened my horizons. It has truly been a maturing and fulfilling experience and I sincerely thank the Foundation for giving me this great opportunity.”
Dr. Acolla Lewis, Lecturer, UWI, Trinidad & Tobago
Since 1998 the CTO Foundation has provided 88 major scholarships and 137 study grants to deserving Caribbean nationals, amounting to approximately US$858,618.00. Over the years, major Foundation sponsors have included American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Royal Caribbean International, TravelAgent, LIAT, Architectural Digest, CTO chapters worldwide and numerous allied members.
Board of Directors
Chairperson – Mrs. Jacqueline Johnson
Comprehensive Wedding Market Solutions
157 Jonathan Drive Stamford, CT 06903
Treasurer – Mrs. Sylma Brown-Bramble
Caribbean Tourism Organization-USA, Inc.
80 Broad Street, Suite 3302
New York, NY 10004, U.S.A.
Tel: (212) 635-9513;
Fax: (212) 635-9511
Mr. Barry L. Brown
25 West 45th Street,
New York, NY 10036
Mr. Angelo Lombardo
Travel Architectural Digest and Condé Nast Traveler
One World Trade Center, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Mr. Neil Kolton
Director, Caribbean and Florida
Resort Sales and Service
Interval International / Preferred Residences
6262 Sunset Drive • Miami, Florida 33143
Mr. Brian Israel
Travel + Leisure Magazine
1120 Avenue of the Americas,
10th Floor New York,
NY 10036, USA
Mr. Richard Kahn
Kahn Travel Communications
77 N Centre Avenue, Suite 215
NY 11570-3923 U.S.A.
Tel: (516) 594-4100;
Fax: (516) 594-4104
Mrs. Michele M. Paige
Florida –Caribbean Cruise Association
11200 Pembroke Pines Boulevard, Suite 201
Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33026
Mr. Zamani Thomas, Esq.
Zamani Thomas P.A.
285 Hillmount Ave.
Ontario M6B 1Y5
Tel: 305-336-0462 (USA); 647-800-5243 (CAN)
Ms. Barbara Gillam
1 Gracie Terrace, Suite 2E
New York, NY 10028
Dr. Roger Caruth
Cutlass & Cane
1002 K St. NE
Washington DC 20002